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Mt. Pleasant public safety offers permanent prescription drug drop box

January 9, 2013 - Unused or expired medications are highly susceptible to misuse and abuse, causing a vital public health and safety issue. The City of Mt. Pleasant Division of Public Safety is again addressing this issue, and now on a permanent basis.

A secure mail slot is now located in the lobby of Mt. Pleasant's Division of Public Safety building at 804 East High Street. The permenant drop box allows individuals to walk in and anonymously deposit unused or expired prescription medications 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

Fifty-six percent of individuals who abuse prescription drugs obtain them from their family or a friend’s home medicine cabinet, and more than 200 deaths in Northern Michigan have been linked to prescription drug abuse in the past year," said Mt. Pleasant police officer Jeff Browne. "This program will allow the community to properly dispose of prescription drugs in a safe and environmentally-friendly fashion."

This program also addresses the problem of proper disposal. Many people do not know how to dispose of prescription medications and often times flush them down the toilet. Flushing drugs carries the risk of possible soil and groundwater contamination.

The Mt. Pleasant Division of Public Safety has partnered with the Commission on Aging on two separate occasions in the past to give the community an opportunity to dispose of unused or expired prescription medications. A total of 1,862 prescriptions were collected at these events, demonstrating the need for a prescription drug box collection program.

This program was made possible through a partnership with 1016 Substance Abuse Coalition and the Mt. Pleasant Area Community Foundation. These organizations recognize the growing concern of prescription drug abuse and support Mt. Pleasant public safety's efforts to help create an avenue for proper disposal of prescription drugs.